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Keeping Faith

Season of Thanks

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God is doing amazing things at Miracle Camp. Each season and every single year His faithfulness is evident here, and especially in 2018 as Evergreen has transformed month by month. Approaching the holiday season, we are very thankful for the continued and ongoing progress through the service of our partner churches and volunteers!

After finishing the concrete pouring just in time before winter, the team looks forward to moving inside to being framing and seeing the inside come to life. To see more details about the completed work in Evergreen, check out this post. In late September, a group of volunteers helped with the exterior, and the underground plumbing was in the works. This allowed for the building to get closed up before the cold season, which set the groundwork for the progress currently happening.

While it is exciting to look forward, this Thanksgiving season reminds us of God’s faithfulness in 2018 through the fulfillment of our $300,000 match gift. We celebrate that success and continue to rely on God’s steady provision. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to give to this project and be a part of the continued ministry that will happen for future generations. Whether you are a former Summer Staff member or a Miracle Camp veteran with deep roots in FEC, an attendee of events or someone who recently heard of our ministry, we invite you to partner with us! Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers, and we ask that you consider this project in your end-of-year giving plans as well.

Check out the video below to see the status of Evergreen and current updates! We look forward to watching God work throughout the project in many ways.

Update on the Evergreen Project!

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A lot is happening with the Evergreen Project, and we are excited to share an update!

Most recently, concrete floors have been poured. They are now completed in the interior gathering area between the bunkhouses as well as the front and side porch entries.

We are thrilled to have a volunteer group from Morton church next week that will begin working on the building’s exterior siding and overhang. One of our goals is to get the eave-spouts and downspouts installed soon to prevent all the rain running off the roof from washing out the hills that lead down to Bankson Lake.

The next phase of this project is to install the underground plumbing so the concrete floors can be completed and stud walls erected for the bunk rooms and bathrooms. This will also allow us to install all the exterior doors and close up the building before the cold weather gets here. We will then be able to continue the work on the HVAC and electrical installations throughout the winter.

Stay tuned in the coming months to see the progress! To find out more about the Evergreen Project, click the button below!

Evergreen Project Update!

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We are so excited to share with you the progress we have made on the Evergreen Project this year! It is hard to believe that in just a couple months one of our cabins can look so different. Only so much can be communicated in words to describe this renovation. That being said, we would love to give you a better picture on just how much work has been completed on Evergreen through this short timelapse video showing everything that we have done so far this spring!

As you can see, there has been so much progress on this renovation. We always want to thank you for your support of Miracle Camp and the Keeping Faith Campaign. Because of your generosity, Miracle Camp can continue to grow and share the Good News of Jesus Christ with more and more guests every year!

We would love to continue making camp a better place for our guests and we know that we can’t do that alone. If you would like to learn more about the Keeping Faith Campaign, or would like to donate, click the button below!

Framing Has Begun on the Evergreen Project!

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The renovation of the Evergreen Project is coming along well! We want to share with you a little of what is going on right now!

Before Christmas, concrete footings and walls were poured for the entire perimeter of the building. The large steel beams and I-joist were also set in place for the new meeting room floor. This spring, our maintenance team and contractor have been hard at work continuing concrete foundations for outside door stoops and porches and large HVAC unit foundations as well as part of the inside floors between the cabins. We also have just begun putting up the wood framing for the perimeter walls and roof trusses and enclosing the building! It is so exciting to see this building be transformed and we look forward to being able to serve our guests better through this renovation!

If you would like to know more about the Evergreen Project, or our Keeping Faith Campaign, click on the button below!

Update on the Keeping Faith Campaign!

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The Keeping Faith Campaign began, and continues to be, a vision for ministry here at Miracle Camp and Retreat Center. It celebrates how faithful God has been over the past 50 years of ministry, while also looking ahead to the next 50 years and beyond. This campaign has focused on three opportunities to continue sharing Christ with more and more people every year: ensuring safety, adding capacity, and being good stewards.

Ensuring Safety: Safety is our number one priority. Whether guests are at the waterfront or going down the zip line, we make sure they are secure with safe equipment and trained staff. One of the additions to camp that we have been most excited for through the Keeping Faith Campaign is the addition of the tunnel, which has allowed hundreds of kids, families, and guests to cross the road safely. We have been so grateful that we were able to begin the Keeping Faith Campaign with the addition of the tunnel and continue to provide a safe place for those who are on our campus.

Adding Capacity: Each year, we have to turn guests away due to lack of space. We want to be able serve as many people as possible and not have to turn anyone away who desires to experience life-change. The Evergreen Project is one of the ways that we are looking to increase the number of guests we can have on campus. As you may have seen, we are thrilled by all of your support to completely fund the Evergreen Project. We are already under way with this renovation and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring so construction can continue!

Being Stewards: We believe in excellence here at Miracle Camp. This does not always mean building new facilities every year. It can also mean taking responsibility to care for and improve the facilities we already have and, therefore, being good stewards of the many things God has blessed us with. This is one place that we are excited to be heading in the future. Throughout the next few years, we are hoping to update and remodel many of the buildings and facilities we have around campus. We desire to pour into and care for the guests that come to camp and we want nothing to distract from their experience here. With your support we can continue to improve camp and be good stewards of the resources the Lord has blessed us with.

THANK YOU!

Again, we want to thank you for all of your support of camp throughout the Keeping Faith Campaign so far. We look forward to your continued prayers and financial support as we look ahead to the future of Miracle Camp!

Want To Get Involved?

We would be thrilled to have you join us in our mission to serve the local church and see the message of Jesus preached to thousands every year! We would love you to prayerfully consider supporting camp with a financial gift and prayer. If you would like to donate to the Keeping Faith Campaign, click here!

We’re Only $36,000 Away!!

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Thanks to your help and support, we are only $36,000 away from meeting our $300,000 match for the Evergreen Project! Starting last year, a donor came to us with this matching opportunity to completely fund the Evergreen Project. We are blown away by the generosity and selflessness of all who have helped but we still need your help to completely fund this renovation. Any gift, big or small, is appreciated!

As we look to continue to improve camp, our guests are always on the front of our minds. Our goal throughout this whole campaign is to increase capacity so more people can hear the message of Jesus Christ, improve the safety of our guests, and focus on stewardship towards the local church.

We again want to thank you for your prayers and support. Without you none of this would be possible!

If you would like more information on the Evergreen Project, or if you would like to give, visit www.miraclecamp.com/the-evergreen-project/!

IT’S OFFICIAL! Construction on the Evergreen Project has begun!

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We are so excited to announce that we have broken ground and are starting construction on the Evergreen Project! Our team has been working hard to prepare for this expansion on the current Evergreen building and we are thrilled to begin this renovation!

None of this could have been possible without your continued prayers and support. We want to thank all of you for your generosity and partnering with us as we pursue making camp better and allowing more guests to come and hear the Good News of Jesus Christ preached.

We are also only $36,000 away from our $300,000 matching opportunity! Every dollar donated throughout this year, up to $300,000, will be matched by one of our generous donors. Any donations beyond the $300,000 match will go toward our Keeping Faith Campaign and will allow us to continue to increase capacity, improve safety, and continue to focus on stewardship as we look to pouring back into our guests.

If you are interested in donating, or learning more about the Evergreen Project, head to www.miraclecamp.com/the-evergreen-project/!

Update on the Evergreen Project!

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We are getting closer and closer to our $300,000 matching goal! So far, we have raised over $231,000 since early December! We want to thank you all so much for your generosity and support. As you can see, we have already begun dropping trees around the Evergreen building as we prepare for the renovation. We are so excited to see everything coming together! However, we still need your help in raising $69,000 more this year. Any gift, whether big or small, goes a long way in helping us serve others and continue to preach Jesus to thousands every year!

If you would like to give a financial gift, you can visit http://www.miraclecamp.com/giving/.

We again thank you all so much for your financial and prayerful support!

Over Half Way to Our $300,000 Matching Goal!

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Thank you 167,000 times over!

 

It is through your generosity that we were able to raise $334,000, during the month of December, for the Keeping Faith Campaign. We received $167,000 from individual donors that was matched by another devoted friend of camp. Your generosity is evident and appreciated.

I am humbled by the faithfulness of God’s people. I am humbled by how God uses this place to aid the local church and further His kingdom. The work that is done here is because of faithful friends like you.

For us, there is no greater calling in this world than preaching Jesus, living Jesus, loving Jesus and worshipping Jesus. When Jesus is the main focus and impacts a life, the ripple effect is immeasurable.

In the long run, the Keeping Faith Evergreen Project provides us with the opportunity to become financially sustainable by increasing our income so that it matches our expenses. This, in turn, will allow us to focus our donations on facility upkeep, the guest experience, maintaining affordable programmed camps and improving the campus.

You can still help. Every donation counts. We have until the end of 2017 to raise another $133,000. Funds that can all be matched!

As you reflect on how God has impacted your life, and thousands of other lives, please prayerfully consider joining us in this mission with a financial gift and/or volunteering your time to help construct this project. Your gifts help us share the hope that is found in Jesus, impact lives for the Kingdom, and strengthen the ministry of the local church.

Our ministry depends on the generous support of churches and individuals.

To make a secure gift online, please visit www.miraclecamp.com/giving. For those interested in assisting in the construction, please contact Larry@miraclecamp.com.

 

Thank you for responding with joyful generosity!

In His Arms,

Jonathan L. Hyde

Executive Director

Keeping Faith Rewind: Shelly Sysum

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This Keeping Faith Rewind is about Shelly Sysum, someone who has known Miracle Camp and Retreat Center her whole life. Shelly’s family has been involved at camp since it was purchased in 1965 from the Notre Dame football team and she and her family now attend many of camp’s retreats such as family camp, summer camp, and women’s retreat. Watch the video and see how Miracle Camp has impacted Shelly’s life, and the life of her family, from the very beginning!

Thanks for your consistent prayers and support!